Forest Restoration Scientist: The Nature Conservancy

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  • 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA, 22203
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The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
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The Forest Restoration Scientist will synthesize and advance applied scientific research associated with global forest restoration efforts while providing technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter expert for conservation initiatives. The Forest Restoration Scientist will contribute topical expertise to cross-cutting science issues for the organization, and represent the organization in communications with scientific, policy, and practitioner communities.

The Forest Restoration Scientist reports to the Director of Forest Carbon Science on the Global Land’s team.

Global forest restoration could provide a major contribution to climate mitigation. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is expanding capacity to design, implement, and measure the climate benefits of forest restoration initiatives around the globe. We seek an advanced applied scientist to lead in the identification of priority forest restoration opportunities, the design of restoration interventions, and the measurement of their climate mitigation outcomes. We anticipate that the focus of this position will be on reforestation; however, work will also extend to other forms of forest restoration such as improved forest management practices. It is critical that TNC’s increasing engagement on climate smart forest restoration is informed by scientific disciplines including restoration ecology, carbon accounting, and conservation planning. Such initiatives may include release of natural forest regeneration and intensive site treatments necessary to re-initiate forest succession on degraded soils, potentially involving commercial plantation forestry. Such initiatives may include wetland forest systems but are expected to primarily involve forests on well-drained soils. Reforestation initiatives will include temperate, subtropical, and tropical climate domains.

This position is funded for two (2) years with an expectation that funding will be extended


The Forest Restoration Scientist will offer technical and science strategic leadership for the Conservancy’s Global Lands program and drive efforts to establish TNC as a global leader in ecologically well designed forest restoration interventions. S/he conducts original research, publishes findings and communicates to diverse audiences in support of TNC organizational goals. Candidates should have a core scientific base in restoration ecology, and additional experience in – and/or exposure to – related fields including carbon measurement, conservation planning, analysis of field and remotely-sensed data, upland forests, and potentially also wetland forests.


  • Leads applied research on forest restoration ecology and carbon sequestration, particularly as related to reforestation initiatives.
  • Both leads and contributes to project teams in support of major applied science initiatives/projects.
  • Places special emphasis on research and synthesis that advances the evidence base for understanding effectiveness of conservation strategies in improving climate, biodiversity and human well-being outcomes.
  • Provides advice and training for internal and external colleagues on restoration ecology and conservation science principles.
  • Communicates findings and best practices in high-level international forums and peer reviewed publications, and cultivates an external presence in coordination with TNC Communications team as an expert and leader in relevant disciplines
  • Provides critical, evidence-based thought leadership, advising on and influencing the creation and execution of major strategies for the Global Lands Program.
  • Leads efforts to translate findings and best available science into regionally or sectorally-appropriate guidelines, tools, and/or best practice for the organization and the broader conservation community
  • Enlists academic scientists in research on challenges of interest to the organization
  • Supports fundraising efforts.
  • Plans, organizes and directs project programs.
  • Develops work plans and project budgets.
  • Travels 30% or more globally.


  • Master’s Degree and 6 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience directing a major program of strategic importance and leading a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience with building relationships.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.


  • PhD preferred and 3-5 years related experience.
  • Extensive peer-reviewed publication record.
  • Demonstrated expertise in application of science to a range of forest ecosystems (e.g. temperate, tropical, upland, wetland).
  • Ability to diagnose complex problems and identify solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and graphical.
  • Ability to operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance.

Apply here: Nature Conservancy

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